Health Tip: Got Eczema?
(HealthDay News) -- Bleach bath therapy may be an effective way to manage eczema, if it's approved by the patient's dermatologist.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests:
Carefully measure the amount of bleach to mix with bath water. Use 1/2 cup bleach in a full tub, 1/4 cup in a half-full tub, or one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water for a baby or toddler.
Use only regular 6 percent strength bleach, never concentrated.
Always pour bleach into the tub and never apply directly to skin. Allow the tub to finish filling before the person with eczema climbs in.
Discuss with the dermatologist the appropriate length of the bleach bath -- usually between five minutes and 10 minutes.
As soon as the person emerges from the bath, gently pat the skin dry and apply any prescribed eczema medication.